Shortlist for Lobbyist for Change presented

maj 16, 2016 · Human Rights/News and stories · No comments

In July, the winner of the Lobbyist for Change-award will be announced at a ceremony in Sweden. The shortlisted nominees come from Kenya, El Salvador and Nicaragua – and they are all women. The award, being presented for the first time this year, will be given to a person lobbying for the rights of those living in poverty. 

– Lobbying is an important tool in the struggle for human rights across the world. Our ambition is that Swedish lobbyists can learn and be inspired by the kind of lobby- and advocacy work being carried out in poor countries, says jury member and former Prime Minister of Sweden, Ingvar Carlsson.

The shortlist for the Lobbyist for Change award consists of lobbyists from Kenya, Nicaragua and El Salvador. All of them are women.

– It is a very positive thing that so many women are nominated. When women are given the opportunity to influence decision-making, they often make the most to exercise that opportunity. This is because they know the value of having a voice, says jury member Birgitta Ohlsson.

The shortlist for the prize: Rachael Mwikali is a young grass-roots activist who grew up in the slums of Nairobi. She works with strengthening the leadership of young women living in slum areas, improving their abilities to influence. She is active in the network Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders.

Esther Mwaura-Muiru founded Groots Kenya in 1995. Groots Kenya is a grass-root network for women, teaching the different tools to push for change. The network has contributed to thousands of women getting access to hiv-treatments, ownership rights and enabling them to be a voice in the local democracy regarding how land is used.  

Iris Isabel Pérez is a strong leader for the organisation FESCOVAM, which works for poor people’s right to decent living in El Salvador. Her work has contributed to strengthening legislation as well as creating financing, enabling hundreds of families to move into new homes. 

Dorotea Wilson Tathum is a former nun turned human rights activist. She fights racism and stands up for the the rights of African-Latin women in Nicaragua, where she has founded an international network for African-Latin women.

This year’s Lobbyist for Change will be announced in Almedalen, Visby, on July 5th, 2016. The prize sum is USD 10 000.

Members of the jury:
Ingvar Carlsson, former Prime Minister of Sweden

Maria Teresa Fernández Ampié, president of Coordinadora de Mujeres Rurales, Nicaragua

KG Hammar, former Archbishop of the Church of Sweden

Nicklas Lundblad, head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, public policy and government relations at Google Inc

Grace Mtonga, president of Civic Forum on Housing and Habitat, Zambia

Birgitta Ohlsson, member of parliament and former Minister of European Union Affairs, Sweden

Anneli Rogeman (chair), CEO at We Effect, Sweden

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